News Flash Home
The original item was published from 2/19/2018 4:38:00 PM to 2/20/2020 12:00:02 AM.

News Flash

Village of Park Forest - Top Story News

Posted on: February 19, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Park Forest hosts youth providers summit

Park Forest Youth Summit ཎ

Close to 60 local organizations that provide service to area kids attended a summit Friday in downtown Park Forest at Dining on the Green banquet hall.

Participants included Park Forest staff members, schools, public service agencies, local civic groups and churches, and representatives from the Institute of Juvenile Research and the University of Illinois at Chicago who served as facilitators for the day-long discussion.

The organizers of the event, Park Forest’s Recreation and Parks and Police Departments, said the goal of the summit was to find creative solutions to better address needs of youth and to have a plan in place and programs ready to go by the end of the 2017/18 school year. Participants met for close to six hours at Dining on the Green in downtown Park Forest.

“I am excited by the connections that were made between the various agencies providing youth services in Park Forest and with the discussions on how disparities in access to these services might be bridged through cooperation and communication. I am also eager to see how some of the program ideas discussed come to fruition,” said Park Forest Recreation and Parks Director Rob Gunther.

Though Park Forest’s Recreation and Parks Department offers over 100 programs for youth and Park Forest Police recently celebrated the 20th year anniversary of a police-sponsored mentorship program, Village leaders say serving youth is an ever-evolving mission.

“While the Park Forest Police Department is taking significant steps to improve our ability to meet the needs of juveniles we encounter, we know that criminal justice can’t be the only or best answer to addressing youth needs, even when it comes to delinquent behavior. It truly takes a Village, and this was the first step in bringing representatives from all different parts of the Village together under one roof,” said Park Forest Police Chief Christopher Mannino.

Park Forest officials said making the summit an annual event is possible though topic areas may change.



Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Village of Park Forest - Top Story News

PFNPC

Candidate forums begin Jan. 29

Posted on: January 20, 2023
Sustainability NF Size

Join the Environment Commission

Posted on: December 19, 2022
lights NF size

Holiday Light & Tree Recyling

Posted on: November 12, 2022
Yard waste NF size

Last day for yard waste pick-up, Nov. 30

Posted on: November 10, 2022
Street Sweeping image NF size

Final street sweeping Monday, Nov. 14

Posted on: November 8, 2022
nicor gas news flash image

Nicor natural gas meter relocation program

Posted on: September 27, 2022
Village Hall

Early voting hours and locations

Posted on: October 12, 2022
BC Awarness image news flash size

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on: October 4, 2022
Halloween in Park Forest 2020

Safe Halloween, Oct. 29

Posted on: October 12, 2022
blood drive Oct 2022 flyer news flash size

Blood drive, Oct. 20

Posted on: September 30, 2022
Engine 56 and A shift members news flash size

Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9-15

Posted on: October 6, 2022
Child Composting News flash size

Compost food waste with Urban Canopy

Posted on: September 15, 2022
Farmers Market

Main Street Market continues

Posted on: August 12, 2022
Police logo New flash size

Kia and Hyundai thefts

Posted on: September 9, 2022
Hydrant Flushing

Hydrant flushing, Sept. 6 - 23

Posted on: September 3, 2022
VillageWideSale19

Village-wide Garage Sale, Sept. 24 - 25

Posted on: August 24, 2022
Solar at the Water plant News flash size

Solar project unveiling, Sept. 19

Posted on: September 7, 2022
September 2022 Business Breakfast Flyer PNG

Quarterly Business Breakfast, Sept. 15

Posted on: August 16, 2022
senior-resource-book-launching21024_1

Senior resource book launching, Sept. 1

Posted on: August 30, 2022
Paint n Sip sm news flash size

Main Street Fest, Paint n' Sip, Aug. 20

Posted on: August 10, 2022
Electric Aggregation

Grow Solar Power Hour event, Aug. 17

Posted on: August 8, 2022
Youth Day  2016 news flash size

Unity Day canceled

Posted on: August 2, 2022
2022 RecycleFest Flyer

Volunteers Needed for RecycleFest!

Posted on: June 6, 2022
Halloween in Park Forest 2020

Park Forest celebrates Halloween

Posted on: October 21, 2021
Fizer

Park Forest remembers Edwin J. Fizer

Posted on: October 28, 2020
Village Hall

Will County early voting locations

Posted on: October 7, 2020
Village Hall

Curfew ends in Park Forest

Posted on: June 2, 2020
street sweeping

Street sweeping begins Nov. 18

Posted on: November 15, 2019
Campbell

Park Forest remembers Steve Campbell

Posted on: November 13, 2019
HBrownPF

Park Forest remembers Harold Brown

Posted on: November 5, 2019
Resident Appreciation Month

November is Resident Appreciation Month

Posted on: November 1, 2019
McCray

Park Forest remembers Robert McCray

Posted on: September 17, 2019
Village Hall

April 2, 2019 election results

Posted on: April 2, 2019